VEOC Seeks 2018 Summer Intern!

We're excited to announce that we're seeking a paid, part-time intern for the Summer of 2018 to assist the VEOC with our annual conference on June 8th, our annual census of Vermont employee-owned companies, and some marketing and outreach work. The position will start May 29th and run a total of 200 hours over the course of the summer, ending no later than August 31, and will pay $15/hour.

For more details, and to apply, please check out this posting on the VBSR internship site!

Spring 2018 Ownership Succession Seminars in Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland & Middlebury!

The VEOC is pleased to announce our 2018 spring series of ownership succession seminars!

Each year we partner with RDCs to present, free of charge, "The Search for a Good Exit: Introduction to Ownership Succession Planning" in communities across Vermont, and this year's offerings will include Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland, and Middlebury. Details may be found below, and, while the sessions are free, space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP to reserve your spot if interested...

"Selling to the Employees" Seminar 1/24 in Hardwick

We're excited to be partnering with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Center for an Agricultural Economy to present our FREE "Selling to the Employees: A Path to Ownership Succession" seminar in Hardwick from 4:30-6pm on Wednesday, 1/24! The event will cover the ESOP and worker co-op models, including a discussion of financing options for low-wealth employee groups seeking to purchase a business from a departing founder.

Vermont Employee Ownership Month 2017 Recap!

With employee ownership month officially concluded, we figured we'd share a few reflections on October's happenings!

Employee Ownership Month Celebrations Planned for Burlington, Montpelier, and Windsor!

Expanding on the success we've had for the past two years organizing Employee Ownership Month celebrations in the Upper Valley, for 2017 we're expanding to three events in different parts of the state: Montpelier, Windsor, and Burlington! These gatherings are always a great opportunity to meet folks from different employee owned companies and learn what they're doing to build strong cultures of ownership.

Conversation with Thomas Dudley of "Certified Employee Owned"

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Thomas Dudley of the new "Certified Employee Owned" program discusses its approach and goals with VEOC Associate Director Matt Cropp!

2017 Congressional Bills Introduced to Support Employee Ownership

On Wednesday, June 10, VEOC board Treasurer Cindy Turcot and Associate Director Matt Cropp participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill aimed at informing Congressional staffers about the benefits of employee ownership, as well as discussing the details of three recently introduced bills aimed at expanding it nation-wide. The proposals have since picked up a bit of press, and the key points of the bills currently in play are:

"Worker Ownership, Readiness and Knowledge (WORK) Act" - S. 1081, H.R. 2387

170-Employee VHV Company Goes ESOP!

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Another great company has joined the ranks of Vermont's employee ownership community: Vermont Heating and Ventilating (VHV)! Founded in 1949 and currently employing ~170 people, 3rd generation owner David Brown recently announced the sale of 100% of the company to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), who stated in a press release that:

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